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Hal Herzog, a professor of psychology at Western Carolina University, says the more we attribute human-like qualities to animals, the more ethically problematic it may be to keep them as pets. Angela Hsieh/NPR hide caption

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Pets, Pests, And Food: Our Complex, Contradictory Attitudes Toward Animals

Does living with animals really make us healthier? Why do we eat some animals and keep others as pets? This week on Hidden Brain, we talk with psychology professor Hal Herzog about the contradictions embedded in our relationships with animals.

Pets, Pests And Food: Our Complex, Contradictory Attitudes Toward Animals

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Democratic presidential candidate Montana Gov. Steve Bullock during a campaign stop at a coffee shop on May 17 in Newton, Iowa. As the only Democratic candidate to have won statewide in 2016 where President Trump also won, Bullock argues that he knows how to secure a victory for Democrats in 2020. Steve Pope/Getty Images hide caption

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On The Trail With Democrat Steve Bullock: 'The Only One That Won A Trump State'

The NPR Politics Podcast is hitting the road and interviewing 2020 Democratic presidential candidates; in this episode, Montana Gov. Steve Bullock explains why he's the best pick for president.

On The Trail With Democrat Steve Bullock: 'The Only One That Won A Trump State'

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NPR Identifies 4th Attacker In Civil Rights-Era Cold Case

A fourth man was involved in the 1965 attack on civil rights worker and minister James Reeb, but that man was never identified or charged in Reeb's murder, an NPR investigation revealed.

Facebook says it will launch a new cryptocurrency called Libra and a digital wallet called Calibra in 2020. Dado Ruvic/Reuters hide caption

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Facebook Unveils Libra Cryptocurrency, Sets Launch For 2020

Libra will be controlled by a non-profit group in which Facebook will share responsibilities with companies from Mastercard and PayPal to Uber and Ebay.

Facebook Unveils Libra Cryptocurrency, Sets Launch For 2020

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Whale Watchers Accused Of Loving Endangered Orcas To Death

The question of whether boat-based watching tours are really harmless has become more urgent in Washington state, where Southern Resident killer whales have been declining since the 1990s.

Whale Watchers Accused Of Loving Endangered Orcas To Death

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French former soccer great and former UEFA head Michel Platini has been detained for questioning related to the inquiry into FIFA's awarding of the 2020 World Cup to Qatar. Platini is seen here in 2018. Boris Horvat/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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Michel Platini, Europe's Former Soccer Boss, Is Arrested As Part Of Qatar Inquiry

Just four years ago, Platini was the powerful head of Europe's football association and was seen as the heir apparent to Sepp Blatter.

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Miami Officer Acquitted Of Attempted Manslaughter In Shooting Of Caregiver

Jonathan Aledda testified that he did not intend to shoot Charles Kinsey, a caregiver for an autistic man who the officer says he mistakenly thought was armed.

A MH-60S Sea Hawk helicopter takes off from the aircraft carrier USS Abraham Lincoln in the Red Sea. The Abraham Lincoln Carrier Strike Group was recently deployed to U.S. Central Command area of responsibility as tensions between the U.S. and Iran escalate. On Monday, the State Department ordered additional troops to the Middle East. Spc. Amber Smalley/U.S. Navy via Getty Images hide caption

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Pentagon Sending 1,000 More U.S. Troops To Middle East

The announcement comes after Iran said it would surpass limits on its uranium stockpiles as set by a landmark international agreement. The Pentagon insisted it is not seeking a war with Iran.

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Going 'Zero Carbon' Is All The Rage. But Will It Slow Climate Change?

Cities, states, businesses and electric utilities are setting ambitious goals to cut greenhouse gas emissions. But it's not clear exactly how they'll do that or whether it will actually work.

Though women superheroes play big roles in Avengers: Endgame, a "defeminized" fan edit of the movie minimizes screen time for most of them. It completely cuts out all scenes with Captain Marvel (Brie Larson, center left). Marvel Studios hide caption

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'Avengers,' But Make It Without Women, Or Men Hugging, Or Levity In General

A fan edit of smash hit Avengers: Endgame circulating online has cut out anything deemed feminist or homosexual. Such "defeminized edits" are now notorious in some corners of fandom.

'Avengers,' But Make It Without Women, Or Men Hugging, Or Levity In General

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A new Texas law aims to protect patients like Drew Calver, pictured here with his wife, Erin, and daughters, Eleanor (left) and Emory, in their Austin, Texas, home. After being treated for a heart attack in April 2017, Calver, a high school history teacher, got a surprise medical bill for $108,951. Callie Richmond for KHN hide caption

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Texas Is Latest State To Attack Surprise Medical Bills

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A new Texas law says hospitals and insurers will have to work it out when they can't agree on a price — instead of sending huge unexpected bills to patients.

Texas Is Latest State To Attack Surprise Medical Bills

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After struggling with addiction to both heroin and meth for decades, Kim got care at a residential treatment program for women — Epiphany Center, in San Francisco. She's now working and plans to go back to college in the fall. April Dembosky/KQED hide caption

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Meth In The Morning, Heroin At Night: Inside The Seesaw Struggle of Dual Addiction

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Many users now mix opioids with stimulants like meth and cocaine. Researchers say efforts to get doctors to reduce opioid prescriptions may have driven some users to buy meth on the street instead.

"Everything's new to me, with purity and innocence," Carlos Santana says. "It's all in how your heart perceives things." Ethan Miller/Getty Images hide caption

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For Carlos Santana, 'Africa Speaks' Album Is About 'Manifesting Divine Voodoo'

Santana speaks with NPR's Ari Shapiro about his latest album Africa Speaks and explains how to maintain a constant thirst for music discovery.

For Santana, 'Africa Speaks' Album Is About 'Manifesting Divine Voodoo'

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